NIST Drone Challenge

NIST Drone Challenge


[MUSIC] Many times over the last 30 years, the biggest problem we’ve had on
the fire ground is communication. Obviously, the most important
thing is information. But if you can’t get that communicated
properly to the right people in the right time, bad things are going to happen. [MUSIC]>>So what we’re doing here is
we’re trying to understand. Can we use drone technology to place
communications systems on a drone? Fly it high enough in the air to get
coverage in a large coverage area for public safety? So that when they go to an area that they
have no communications systems in place, they can take it with them. And it can follow them around
wherever they need to be.>>And they can do this without
requiring an additional person or a manned platform to support that. For small municipalities and
regional entities that don’t maybe have the financial resources
to field manned aviation. UAVs could represent a real game changer.>>Whatever direction we’re pushing. Measuring those capabilities before and
leading up to the competition or the workshop, and
then at the workshop itself. A lot of breakthroughs happen
right here in the field during the course of the competition. [MUSIC]>>Even though we are competing
against other teams, we kind of join forces,
everyone’s helping each other out. Because the goal of this,
even though it’s a competition, the bigger goal is that this is for
first responders. And that’s way more important, so
anything we can do to make a better unit, a safer unit for
the first responder is the way to go.>>We knew that we wanted something
that was going to be really easy to fly. And also more importantly something
that’s super quick to deploy.>>In my opinion, the technology,
as it stands today, is perfect for this kind of application.>>But the key is really
getting everyone together, getting all the brains
focused on the problem. In this case, a bounded problem,
and making sure everyone can see into that sphere with all of
their overlays from their day job. Helping to make something
out of that collective. And the winner should embody
the best thinking at that point. And that should be the best in class
that everyone adopted with the photo.>>As the technology that supports these
sorts of class forms continues to advance, I look forward to seeing
what you could imagine. Future UAVs, and by future,
I mean in the next five years, what they might actually look like,
and what they could potentially do. And I think that a lot of the people
who have participated in this challenge might help push that forward as well. [MUSIC]

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  2. A hybrid electric multicopter is the best combination for rapid deployment, payload, flight time, stability, etc. IMO. Much work still needs to be done to refine such a system. Another interesting option is a tethered drone where power is provided (ostensibly in perpetuity) by a thin cable which obviously limits height. And finally a drone could possibly be powered by a high powered directed energy beam, many issues with that concept.

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